With Declan Burgess
Melbourne Music Week starts this Friday November 11 and it’s a bountiful bouquet of events so large it won’t fit into any conventional vase. Running until Saturday November, it’s nine days blooming with over 100 events and branching out to 40 venues across the city. The happening party right out the front of Parliament House, Live at the Steps is on this Friday and is going to be the most entertaining thing that’ll ever happen there. There are performances from national treasures The Jungle Giants, Gretta Ray and Philly as well as a comedy set from the rowdy Aunty Donna.
Other events include an audio visual display documenting unique Australian female talent over the last five decades and a special concerto from Melbourne composers Geoff Nees and J David Franzke accompanied by a lightshow from Bluebottle. There’s also a whole bunch of workshops for really cool things like professional choir coaching to building speakers and radios out of common recycled household items. Head to mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au to prepare your schedule.
Also can you believe that Face the Music is next Thursday November 17 and Friday November 18? It’s so gargantuan this year with professional panels ranging from radical rock-dog artists to meandering media entrepreneurs all talking about modern music both nationally and internationally. Face the Music really has something for everyone, with performances from acts like Dorsal Fins, Ecca Vandal, and SAATSUMA and talks from international panellists like Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop), Andrew Jarvis (Bandcamp) Alex White (Next Big Sound). If you’re interested or involved in the music industry then this is for you. Head to facethemusic.org.au for more info.